The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.
A federal judge has ruled that up to $1.5 million of a settlement reached with a financial firm in a fraud investigation of two Vermont ski resorts will be loaned to a federal receivership so the properties can meet payroll.
Vermont's secretary of state says there's a "dawning of a new landscape" in Vermont's politics as outside groups spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence voters leading up to Tuesday's primary.
On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary. It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries. The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary.
On July 6th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city of Plattsburgh was one of ten cities across the state to win a $10 million downtown revitalization grant. At the time the Governor said the plan reflects “…a sense of vibrancy and energy” in the city. But the Democrat challenging Plattsburgh’s incumbent Mayor says the downtown plan needs revisions.
During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations. The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant. He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.
Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is in the midst of a contentious primary campaign against first-time candidate Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary for governor. Today, Scott received an endorsement from the Republican seeking his current position.
Immediately following the mass killing of police officers in Dallas, Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote impassioned comments on his personal Facebook page calling for “the cycles of violence and hate” to stop and for everyone to be a part of the solution. The comments got national attention as the country once again grappled with a simmering debate over the role of police in our communities.
Del Pozo was hired as Burlington’s police chief last September. He previously served in the New York City Police Department and during that time he spent two years as an Intelligence Officer for the NYPD in the Middle East. He is an advocate of community policing and explains how the Burlington department is implementing President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations.
Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city. It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.
The Democratic candidate for Assembly in New York’s northernmost district was in Plattsburgh this morning to give supporters an enthusiastic update on his campaign. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the race for the open seat is heating up.
Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years. Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders. The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.
Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary. While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.